JD-MBA Program

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law and San Diego State University's College of Business Administration have created a new combined Juris Doctor-Master of Business Administration (JD-MBA) program, which allows students to earn both a law degree and a master's in business administration at the same time.

In just eight semesters, students can earn a Juris Doctor (JD) or law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) and a Master of Business Administration MBA degree from San Diego State University. The objective of the concurrent degrees program is to prepare students who are competent in both law and business administration for advanced practice in many areas where the fields converge.

The Graduate School of Business at San Diego State offers some of the most innovative and extensive business programming in the nation. Thomas Jefferson students who participate in the program will be able to choose from among more than 130 different courses in the MBA program and SDSU has particular strengths in entrepreneurial and international business studies - two areas in critical demand in today's business and legal climate.

This concurrent program will allow students at TJSL to develop the skills needed to become leaders in a number of key industries and give graduates of the program a real competitive edge. A key benefit to students in the concurrent JD/MBA program is that they can complete both degrees in a shorter period of time than completing the degrees sequentially.

Students with a non-business undergraduate degree will spend their first year in the JD program at TJSL and the second year at SDSU. Classes will be taken at both institutions the last two years of the programs. Each institution grants credit for up to 12 units taken at the other school, thus eliminating at least one semester or more of the time it would normally take to complete these two programs separately. The College of Business Administration requires 39-45 units for the MBA degree. TJSL requires 89 units for the JD degree.

SDSU's College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and offers graduate degree programs leading to the Master of Business Administration degree, Master of Science degree in Business Administration, and Master of Science degree in Accountancy. More information about the College of Business Administration.

For more information, contact Anders Kaye, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at anderskaye@tjsl.edu